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It's surprising the Kings were able to select Adrian Kempe so late in the first round, as many scouts projected he would go in the 20-25 range.
The Swedish left winger offers good speed and skill, but more importantly, he has shown maturity with his hockey sense and work ethic. He racked up five goals and six assists for 11 points in 45 games playing for Modo in Sweden last season.
L.A. vice president of hockey operations and director of player personnel Michael Futa spoke about Kempe's style of play with NHL.com's Adam Kimelman.
We feel with Kempe we got somebody who plays a style that [Kings coach] Darryl [Sutter] expects our guys to play with his big-body presence on the wall and his ability to grind opponents down. He runs over people. He always wore a letter with whatever team he was on. He's mean, but he's got some skill set to him. He brings a little different flourish to him. Maybe a Tanner Pearson-style of game with a little more bite.
At 6'2", 187 pounds, Kempe should add some weight in the next year to better his chances of making the Kings roster. It's a team which will be much harder than most to make, even for a player with Kempe's abilities.
Look for Kempe to make his NHL debut in 2015-16, although he may not be a regular in the lineup at that time.